From the TV 5 Forecast Center:
High pressure will build in and bring us some sunshine for New Year’s Day. At the same time, a cold front will drop across the state allowing even colder weather to filter into the area later today and tonight. Despite the sunshine, temperatures will only be in the single numbers and teens for highs this afternoon. The colder air moving in later today and tonight will set us up with the coldest air we’ve seen this season for the end of the week. Temperatures in some northern locales could bottom out around -30° tonight. With a light wind of about 5 MPH factored in, wind chills could be close to -50° in some northern spots as well. Daytime highs on Thursday and Friday will only be in the single numbers either side of zero.
We continue to track a storm forecast to pass south of New England later Thursday through Friday morning. The latest data coming in this morning is starting to pull the storm a bit further north which means the storm’s precipitation will be further north as well. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall over southern Maine with amounts dropping off the further north you travel across the state. Right now, it looks like 1”-3” of snow north of Bangor to Greenville and Millinocket, 4”-8” possible Bangor southward towards the coast, 6”-12” south of Augusta by later Friday morning. If the data coming in throughout the day today continues to bring the storm further north then we’ll need to increase the snowfall accordingly and vice versa so stay tuned to future forecasts for any changes.
Rest of Today: partly to mostly sunny. Cold with highs between 6°-22°, coldest north. West/northwest wind 5-15 MPH. Wind chills will feel more like its 0° to -15° at times.
Tonight: partly to mostly cloudy, most clouds south and coast. Bitterly cold with lows between -29° to -6°, coldest north. Northwest wind 5-10 MPH becoming north. Wind chills will be as low as -50° over northern areas at times.
Thursday: some morning sunshine possible up north otherwise mostly cloudy with snow showers possible especially south of Greenville and Millinocket. Steadier light snow will move into southern and coastal areas during the afternoon. Colder with highs ranging from -9° north to around +4° along the coast. North/northeast wind 10-15 MPH. Wind chills will be as low as -32° over northern areas at times.
Friday: morning snow and snow showers ending then clearing during the afternoon. Frigid with highs between -3° to +8°.
Saturday: mostly cloudy and cold. Highs in the mid-single digits to mid and upper teens.
Sunday: variably cloudy and milder. Highs in the upper 20s to mid-30s.
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